recording of Sir Nigel, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Read by Clive Catterall.
By 1348 the House of Loring has fallen on hard times. Together, the Black Death and the greedy monks of Waverley have bled away all of the Loring wealth. Even the manor house will have to go to pay their debts.
Then a chance encounter with the King of England provides Nigel, the last of the Lorings, with the chance to seek his fortune in the constant wars with France. But more importantly for Nigel it also means that he may be able to do the "three small deeds" that will show he is worthy to ask for the hand of the Lady Mary in marriage.
Filled with chivalry, humour, and high romance, Sir Nigel is simply a rattling good yarn.(Summary by Clive Catterall)
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July 5, 2012
Clive Catterall gives a first rate reading of this story of knight errantry. Like mikezane (below) I got rather lost in some of the battles,,, but I throughly enjoyed this fast moving tale.
Regretfully, I'm too ignorant of English history to know if the bloody "deeds of honour" depicted in this story accurately reflect the culture of medieval chivalry. I'd like to think that the roving abattoir on horseback presented by the author was only an invention. It certainly challenges the reassuring good guys vs bad guys trope.
TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)
May 22, 2012
Good story, if a bit confusing
I enjoyed this bit of adventure. Sir Nigel does many great deeds and survives where others would have perished. Some of the battles were a bit confusing to me, but otherwise I enjoyed the tale.
Reader is excellent, thanks Clive! :-)